Roy Helu scored on a 3-yard touchdown run with 45 seconds remaining to lift the Washington Redskins to a thrilling 45-41 victory over the Chicago Bears on Sunday afternoon at FedEx Field.
Helu’s late score capped an 80-yard, 12-play possession that lasted 3:12. It was his third touchdown of the game and helped overcome tight end Martellus Bennett’s 7-yard touchdown pass from backup quarterback Josh McCown that gave the Bears a 41-38 lead with 4:02 left.
It was the first multi-touchdown game of Helu’s career. He had three touchdowns in his career total prior to Sunday’s contest. The Redskins held leads of 17-10, 24-17, 31-24 and 38-31, but could not put the game away.
But despite allowing yet another special teams touchdown, their third in as many weeks, the Redskins earned their first home win of the season and scratched their way into the back end of the NFC playoff race at 2-4
Chicago running back Matt Forte scored on a 2-yard touchdown run in the first quarter and added a 50-yard touchdown run in the third quarter to tie the game at 24. Another short one by Forte in the fourth quarter made it 31-31.
Washington answered on the drive immediately after Forte’s 50-yard run. Helu scored his second touchdown of the game to cap an eight-play, 83-yard possession to give the Redskins a 31-24 lead. Moments earlier he ran for eight yards and then caught a pass for 10 more from quarterback Robert Griffin III to set up his own score.